Bund bastion of literary pursuits and diversions, M on the Bund is hosting a "Mini March LitFest" from March 19 to March 26. Marvelous. Magnificent. Mmmmuah!
Details after the jump.
The festival is a largely scaled back version of their yearly Shanghai International Literary Festival, which is in March every year, and in its prime hosted over 60 writers and authors from around the world for two weeks of twinkling conversation, glad-handing it on the Bund, and full-on hardcore Grecian orgies writ against that famous Pudong skyline. It basically looked like this. We're talking Amy Tan, John Ralston Saul, Gore Vidal, Gore Vidal's manservant who, for real, looked like a sexy and absurd Steven Seagal, and, in recent memory, Bart Simpson. Eat his shorts, right!
This year's to-do looks to be about half as big as it usually is, and is perhaps lacking in the-obligatory-cover-of-That's-Shangahi superstar wattage of, say, a Dean Koontz.
At any rate: Books. Issues. Discussions. Conversation. Cocktails. Coffee or tea. Lots of people wearing billowing scarves and spectacles, with interestingly swept up professor hair. That awkward time when the moderator opens the questions up to the audience and everything goes right to shit. Good times are here again.
After the jump, we'll reprint their press released list of featured writers for this year. These are the featured authors, with more to be added at a later date. Shout out to Qiu Xiaolong and the indomitable Inspector Chen. Never stop the hustle. Ticketing info to be released anon.
Author and bios from the Lit Fest's Press Release
Tess Johnston, a living legend in Shanghai, has published 25 books with her co-author, Shanghai photographer Deke Erh, including fifteen volumes on Western architecture and the expatriate experience in old China. She will be presenting her fifth and final Shanghai Walks book to the world at M’s 2016 Mini March LitFest.
Qiu Xiaolong, author of the award-winning Inspector Chen Series -- most notably Death of a Red Heroine and A Loyal Character Dancer -- chronicles the adventures of the poetry-loving cop and his sidekick Detective Yu, while ultimately capturing a glimpse of life in modern China.
Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, follows the stream of consciousness of a young woman’s complex relationship with her family. The novel has received critical acclaim and won numerous awards including the Goldsmiths Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Francesco Cosentino, a cultural-anthropologist, sinologist as well as veteran China resident, illustrates some of the most interesting buildings belonging to the roaring 1920s and ‘30s, in his latest book, Shanghai: From Modernism to Modernity.
Anna Smaill, New Zealand poet and classically trained violinist, made her debut in fiction with her novel, The Chimes, in which the protagonists live in a dystopian London where words and memories are wiped away by an enormous musical instrument, the Carillon.
Tom Rob Smith, author of Child 44 -- longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named one of NPR’s top 100 Thrillers of All Time -- along with his latest novel, The Farm, is also creator of the BBC drama series, London Spy.
David Hill is a New Zealand writer known for his young fiction books such as See Ya, Simon and Right Where it Hurts, which have been shortlisted for numerous awards. In 2013 he won the Junior Fiction Award at the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards for My Brother’s War.